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GoNOLA Recommends: 5 Things To Do In New Orleans This Weekend

This weekend in New Orleans, enjoy a poolside fashion show, an international beer tasting, Oyster Fest, indie rock music and more!

Indulge in charbroiled oysters at Oyster Fest (Photo: Paul Broussard)

This weekend in New Orleans sounds like paradise no matter what you’re into. There’s something for beer drinkers, oyster eaters, music lovers and fashionistas to mix it up. And don’t think you’re getting away with a festival-less weekend, either – there’s a couple of those, too. So kick off the summer in New Orleans with three days of what we do best – fun!

Friday, June 1:

1. WYES Private Beer Sampling – What could be better than drinking your weight in beer for two days and not being judged for it in the slightest? WYES is hosting a Private Beer Sampling at the Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots on Friday and Saturday with over 50 craft and micro brews from American and European brewers. The tasting will be held from 7-10 p.m. on Friday at the Fair Grounds and 6-9 p.m. on Saturday at the Lakefront Arena. The tickets are $50 for Friday and advance Saturday tickets are $30 for active military, groups of six or more, seniors and $35 otherwise. Tickets for Saturday’s tasting are also available for $45 the day of.

Saturday, June 2:

2. Oyster Festival – Mollusk lovers: it’s your time this weekend. At the 3rd Annual New Orleans Oyster Fest this Saturday and Sunday, 20 of the best local seafood restaurants will have some of the most delicious and creative takes on traditional oyster dishes. Our recommendations for what to eat at Oyster Fest include Palace Café’s Oysters Rockefeller Po-Boy and Drago’s Charbroiled Oysters, but don’t take our word for it. As Oyster Fest advises, come with an appetite and get ready to slurp down some oysters and taste for yourself! If the food spread wasn’t enough, there will be a full music lineup including the incomparable Kermit Ruffins and Irma Thomas.

3. Back to the Beach Festival – Just a short drive to our neighboring Kenner on Lake Pontchartrain is the 23rd annual Back to the Beach Festival. The festival features a hodgepodge of summertime fun, like a fishing rodeo, a car show, the Bikes on the Beach motorcycle rally, food and music by NOLA’s Gal Holiday and the Honky Tonk Revueand more. Back to the Beach is on Saturday from 3:30 – 11:00 p.m. and Sunday from 10:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. Tickets are $10 for adults, $8 for students and $4 for children 12 and under.

4. NOLA Indie Rocks Signing Party – New Orleans is known for its unparalleled jazz, blues, soul and funk, but it also has quite a healthy indie rock scene and great example of that is the NOLA Indie Rocks Signing Party at House of Blues at 8:00 p.m. The all local lineup includes local favorites Big History, exhilarating performers Royal Teeth, plus Mississippi Rail Company and Coyotes. General admission is $12.

Sunday, June 3:

5. Strut & Swim Launch Party – Fashion Week NOLA and W New Orleans host a poolside fashion show series on the beautiful W Hotel’s rooftop pool every Sunday this summer. The Strut & Swim fashion show will feature collections from designer Jolie & Elizabeth and retailers Hemline and Swim n Sport. Besides stylish boutique pop ups and hair and makeup artists there will be fabulous cocktails, music and a poolside food menu.

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